Thursday, 19 November 2015
This is a strange photo if I do say so myself. It's a very small bee (more on them tomorrow) behaving like a fly, slightly out of focus because it's moving so rapidly, but the real star of the shot is the little fern.
To give some scale, the bee is no more than 4mm long (about 3/16"), the longest leaf on the plant about seven centimetres or three inches, but it's a baby and one that I'm quite excited about.
It's an umbrella fern, a native to the forests not far from here, with fronds that one day will grow to two or three feet and by then its height will be around four feet. (Do I really need to do the metrics as well?)
The reason for my excitement is that I have a couple of them planted now, and I'm hovering over them in a way that only people who have planted new plants or have small babies will understand. They are available for purchase now thanks to the efforts of a young floraculture expert who discovered a means of cultivating them. If you are interested you can read the story here.
For the time being, until someone figures out the secret, I think this may very well be a genuine, Sunshine Coast exclusive product, currently exported internationally for use in the cut flower industry.
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